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Chatting about Change: Übermensch revealed

Good morning Dark Dreamers,

These past couple of weeks have been exciting and busy, filled with an exciting secret project for this dark author’s world and her mark on New Adult urban fantasy. I promise, there will be more on that soon, and it’s going to be huge!

Change is hard, but also good. And necessary. As our current president, Barack Obama, said “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” This is shown in many of the recent reviews for OF SCIONS AND MEN. Many people have mentioned that one thing they liked about the book is that even in the short span of one book, character growth is not only evident but enjoyed. We see this importance in story and story. The monomyth relies on the handy-dandy character feature. Our hero/heroine needs to grow and change to become something more than before. Something more than every day.

This is why it is important to have a character who has room to grow and an author willing to be humble and create a flawed child of literature. Flaws not only allow characters to be more accessible to the audience, but give the characters themselves some way to go. Perfect characters, though a god/goddess among us mere mortals, give very little room to grow and change and thus overcome adversity.

One name for this is the Superman effect. Superman began as the Übermensch, a super human who was a lot closer to a Lex than farm boy alien Clark Kent. But sci-fi and the need for perfection against our enemies across the sea created something even bigger. A hero that was so perfect, he wasn’t even allowed to be human. A hero that was so powerful, no one or nothing on Earth could affect him. Huzzah!

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Except thrown guns…I have to dodge those.

But it wasn’t long before this motif became boring. If nothing could beat him, why try. So the writers had to make up reasons for him to lose his powers, or part of his powers, for an episode or two, and then overcome the handicap to win. However, this was the opposite direction than we normally want to go. We want to change to be stronger, grow to be better, not falter to be worse. Do we really want our heroes to come down to the villain’s level? Thus we had the birth of other heroes. Heroes who were mere mortals but had to grow, learn and struggle to beat every obstacle. Heroes we could more relate to and inspire us to be stronger and better ourselves.

Normally in these blogs, I move from everyday life into literature. But today we will do the opposite. Literature is supposed to inspire, and today it does. Change is hard. But without it we can grow to become our own heroes. We are the ones we’ve been waiting on. As I say in martial arts all the time, “Self-Rescuing Princess”. We can stand taller than the Übermensch through our own choices and changes.

For my first change, I will start having my blogs coming out each Monday morning.

So let’s take a poll. Tell me in the comments, What change could you make to improve your life?


To Resolve or Not to Resolve

Yes, I know. Bastardizing Shakespeare is a poor man’s wit. Or maybe that was something about Shakespearean punneries. But the question still stands.

We are only ten days into 2015, and I have read post after post about what a crock New Year’s Resolutions are, while the other side is posting promise after promise. Even Forbes had a list of resolutions that will change your life FOREVER! And it leaves a girl wondering what to do.

Resolutions are supposed to be positive affirmations we pledge to ourselves, the universe, God, the dark forces, whatever gets us going. Most people know that they are not going to follow through when they just tell themselves in the dark corners of their mind on New Year’s Day, so they have traditions to make these affirmations more real and boast about them in person and online in the hopes that others will make them more accountable than their own willpower can deliver. And thus are most gyms filled to capacity in January.

And back to business as usual by March. Sigh. So do they work at all?

To decide, I go as my mother has taught me to my elders for guidance. The man of writing and wit himself, Oscar Wilde has a strong opinion on the matter. He said, “Good resolutions are useless attempts to interfere with scientific laws. Their origin is pure vanity. Their result is absolutely nil. They give us, now and then, some of those luxurious sterile emotions that have a certain charm for the weak…. They are simply cheques that men draw on a bank where they have no account.”

Well, there you go. Wilde has spoken, the answer given. Case Closed. End of post. Break the set and see you at the afterparty, folks.

But only a fool would ignore their own experiences in life for the comfort of words from a source who’s never walked a day in their shoes. Crap, okay, time to examine.

Last Year’s Resolutions:

Become healthier & stick with the gym. Result: I have become a regular at the gym so much so that people I still don’t know the name of comment on my progress. I have also lost over 10% body fat.

Finish my current crafting projects & learn a new craft. Result: I am current on my cross-stitching projects from last year and I’ve learned to crochet. Working on my first blanket.

Check off something from my bucket list: I flew a plane for the first time.

Make significant progress professionally on my writing. Result: OF SCIONS AND MEN was completed, revised from BETA readers, and completed fully. More on this on another post.

Action speaks louder than words. (Sorry, Mr. Wilde. I still love you.) Yes, resolutions can make a difference. I felt each of these check marks, and they drove me to do even more than I set out to do. So I’m a girl convinced and will dedicate myself even more this year.

That's my promise to each of you.

That’s my promise to each of you.


Brave New World

Hello and Welcome to this blog of fiction fantasies.

I am Courtney Sloan, and I am brazenly taking my first bold steps into the fast paced world of fiction writing. Okay, you caught me. I am actually peering around the corner into this exciting world that I’ve watched from the shadows for many years.

In my sane, a relative term, day job, I help college students and other writers hone their craft, but a surprise came from all this helping. My skills began to grow and gain the notice of those around me. People I respected started to ask about my writing. Stories began to take on a life of their own, and I did the only thing I could. Hold on for dear life and see where these characters took me.

And so here I am.

Attempting to make this madcap dream a reality, I have started this blog to share this growth and journey with others out there. From the trials of writing and revising, to the tricks I learn from other writers I learn from, to industry practices and simply musings on writing, I want to share it here in the hope that I can share from others. We can learn from each other. I also hope to update on my latest projects and stages of work, as well as give tid-bits from new works and stories.

I know there is so much to learn. So, hang on and let’s see where this crazy ride takes us.